What was your favorite meal as a child?

March is national nutrition month, but we all know sometimes children don't have the most nutritious diets. What was your favorite meal growing up? Were you a chicken nuggets devotee, or did you eat your vegetables?  Share your favorite childhood meal and if it has changed since then in the comments.

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Regina Martin April 11, 2014 at 8:44 am

I am still a big fan of liver & onions w/brown gravy over white rice & spinach.

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Clifford April 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Meatloaf, mash potatoes, green beans, and milk.

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Bonnie C March 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

My mom wasn't a great cook, but some of the meals were delicious in spite of it. We ate a lot of bean soup and fried potatoes meals with mom's fresh baked biscuits (which were really mini-loaves of bread instead of the flakey biscuits you get today). And liver & onions with mashed potatoes on the side was a real treat (I still love liver & get it whenever I can when we eat at a restaurant - my husband despises it, so we don't have it at home).

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Cymantha (Cy) Governs March 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

Tacos. I've learned since that my mother's extremely plain version of tacos is basically a deconstructed cheeseburger in a taco shell. No wonder I loved it so dearly!

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Vanessa March 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

Lasagna

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Tareece White March 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Oodles of noodles!! You would be surprised how much you can do with noodles!

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Tyra Brooks March 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

Lake trout loved it. Unfortunately, my mother would fry it, but it was very good.

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CLAUDIA STREET March 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

My favorite meal as a child was Sunday meal my grand mother cooked stew chicken, rice and beans. We knew nothing about fast food. Thank you

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Brenda March 21, 2014 at 6:59 am

My favorite meal was and still is breakfast!

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Terri March 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

My favorite meal was pork chops with tomato gravy and french green beans my mom made.

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Cindy H March 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Pizza

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Cathy Carini March 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Fried chicken and mac & cheese (ours had tomatoes mixed in). Yum!

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Rae Skidmore March 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

My mom's pot roast. It cooks for hours with onions, carrots, potatoes, celery and accompanied with applesauce and homemade dinner rolls . It's still my favorite dinner today, and has not changed at all. I do not eat this dinner very often, and when I do there is no nutritional guilt associated it. Sorry,

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Arlene March 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

My favorite meals were my mother's New England style Mac & Cheese she made two kinds cheese and tomato and my dad's cracker stuffing with our Thanksgiving Day meal. Of course all their meals were always good to me except cooked veggies and LIVER ugh...

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Robert O'Connell March 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Spaghetti and meat balls. Thing about Italian food is you eat and eat, then 3 or 4 days later you're hungry again.

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Judy Reid March 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

It's not a meal but I used to eat it so much it felt like a meal. It was my mom's banana pudding from scratch. So so Good!

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Rose March 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

I have to say I came through when there was no fast food (that we could afford) and the family was still a mainstay unit(I wouldn't have it any other way). My grandmother cooked all the meals from scratch and what she cooked you ate or you missed that meal. You did not choose to fix anything on your own because it was for everyone. The best meal I can say was sunday dinner which could be meat loaf, fried or baked (I called it ugly) chicken, ham, or sometimes homemade mince barbecue (yummm) and the pastor and some of the church members would come and dine with the family.

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Regina Martin March 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

Beef Liver smothered with lots of brown gravy and onions, steamed white rice, creamy spinach, sweet beets, homemade lemonaide and a side of mixed jello and fruit cocktail.

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Cindy Huesman March 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

Anything that either of my grandmothers made. Everything they did was from scratch. My Italian grandmother would be cooking all day long. She even made her own pasta as well as sauces. My southern grandmother had her own vegetable garden and baked a pie or a cake from scratch every day. She made wonderful southern dishes and she too cooked all day. I did love my mother's meatloaf!

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Mary Breckenridge-Keyes March 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

Spaghetti and meatballs made by my mom.

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fjl March 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

My mother's ham(usually just the bone with residual meat) with green beans and potatoes all cooked for hours in one pot. The best meal in the world!!!

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Maria McCambridge March 20, 2014 at 9:18 am

My favorite dish as a child was pozole: Mexican soup made with hominy, pork and beef and many other tasty ingredients. I still love it but now I make my own version of vegetarian pozole - healthy and delicious.

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Sharon Shoemaker March 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

As a child my favorite thing to eat was Spaghettios. I even had (and still have) a special spoon with my name on it that I got for free with labels that I saved. Nowadays, I have hopefully better tastes and enjoy the simplicity of a garden fresh tomato, still warm from the sun.

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jacki alvez April 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

That's so funny that you mentioned that because I remember eating so many cans of those things just to get the spoons. I had 3 children so you can imagine how many cans we ate!!!

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nicole March 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

Hot sweet rice cereal(RIVER RICE)

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Carol Stopa March 20, 2014 at 8:22 am

There were no chicken nuggets or McDonald's when I was growing up. We had family meals every day; homemade, from scratch. My Mom makes killer spagetti and meatballs, I also loved special roast beef Sunday's with mashed potatoes and green beans with browned butter. We always had salad and bread, and a glass of milk. These may not be the healthiest meals, but meals were always followed by playing outside until Mom forced us to come inside.

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Gabrielle March 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

my moms spaghetti with meatsauce. I can't get mine to taste like hers.

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Kim March 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

Mashed potatoes & calamari - not mixed though

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elaine March 20, 2014 at 7:14 am

my favorite meal was homemade vegetable soup

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